Category MOVERS & SHAKERS

Honda’s Disaster Relief Robot May Be a Lifesaver of the future

When future disaster strikes, the helpful hand swooping your way may be more machine than man. Honda R&D researchers detailed their latest disaster relief prototype robot, the E2-DR, in a paper entitled, “Development of Experimental Legged Robot for Inspection and Disaster Response in Plants.”

The robot stands a little over 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs just over 187 pounds. Adding to its weight is a 1000-Wh lithium-ion battery with 90-minute operational stamina. E2-DR displays 33 degrees of freedom, and can rotate its body 180 degrees. Honda swapped out conventional communication cables for optical fiber alternatives, in an effort to keep size to a minimum.

Honda specifically designed E2-DR with a 25-cm (9.8-in) “thickness,” so it can fit through 30-cm (11.8-in) gaps...

Read More

HPE, NASA are going to launch an awesome supercomputer into space

The year-long experiment will determine a supercomputer’s ability to function in space, with the idea of sending one to Mars.

(19 Feb. 2010) — Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member on space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010.

The Spaceborne Computer, a joint experiment between NASA and HPE, will travel to the International Space Station (seen here).

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is teaming up with NASA to launch a supercomputer into space on Monday, with the ultimate aim of building computing resources that could serve on board a mission t...

Read More

U.S. Army Puts a Stop to Its Use of Chinese-Made DJI Drones

No longer Army material: DJI’s Inspired 1 drone.
Security concerns lead to ban of a popular brand of UAV.

Citing a worry over “cyber vulnerabilities,” the U.S. Army this week ordered that all drones built by China-based DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer be forthwith removed from Army service. The order comes following a classified study of the issue completed in May by the Army Research Laboratory, and the simultaneous release of a Navy memorandum titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”

According to aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht, the FAA has recently created more than 500 security-related flight restrictions prohibiting unpiloted aircraft flights over military locations...

Read More

Intel drones by the hundreds dance in the night sky

Intel’s new Shooting Star Drone is the latest UAV announcement from a company that is better known for its processors. The VP and GM of Intel’s UAV Segment explains why drones fit perfectly into the company’s global strategy.

Intel is getting serious about drones, with a string of announcements about unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. The company is known best for its processors, but the Internet of Things makes computers harder to recognize. While yesterday’s computing was done in a heavy rectangular box, today’s processing takes place in everyday objects and tiny gadgets.  www.intelagencies.com

Drones are no exception. “We see them as flying computers,” Anil Nanduri tells ZDNet. He is Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s UAV Segment.

Today Intel unveiled its latest crea...

Read More

Toyota Invests $1 Billion In Artificial Intelligence In US

Japan Toyota Robotics_President Akio Toyoda image www.spy-drones.com

President Akio Toyoda of Toyota delivers a speech during a press conference on artificial intelligence in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it’s setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it’s setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.

Toyota Motor Corp...

Read More

Toyota Has Big Ambitions For “Partner Robot” Business -TOYOTA ROBOTICS

Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota Motor Corp.’s partner robot division,image www.spy-drones.com

In this Dec. 2, 2015 photo, Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota Motor Corp.’s partner robot division, speaks during an interview at the International Robot exhibition in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. is harboring big ambitions to become a significant player in the growing market for robots that help the elderly and other people get around in everyday life. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Toyota Motor Corp. is harboring big ambitions to become a significant player in the growing market for robots that help the elderly and other people get around in everyday life.

The company believes it can use its manufacturing expertise to become as crucial in a field it calls “partner robots” as it is to auto-making...

Read More

DRONE EYE VIDEO VIEWS of the Apple Campus 2 construction – April 2015 – building going up

Drone footage shows off Apple’s upcoming spaceship campus

Drone footage of Apple’s ‘spaceship’

Amazing new drone footage of Apple’s new campus in California under construction.

While we’ve previously seen far-off images of Apple’s upcoming campus, new footage gives a glimpse of the building’s true scale.

Filmed via drone by YouTuber Duncan Sinfield, the footage provides a flyover of what will eventually be Apple’s second main base of operations.

Since 2012, the tech giant and world’s richest company has been busy constructing the spaceship-like building to support its interminable growth.

An artist's impression of Apple's second campus image www.spy-drones.com

An artist’s impression of Apple’s second campus. Photo: Apple

Due to be finished sometime next year, the project, next to Apple’s original headquarters in Cupertino, California, will house som...

Read More

GoPro to make it’s own consumer drones:

Cutting out the middle man. GoPro is looking to roll out its own consumer drones image www.spy-drones.com

Cutting out the middle man: GoPro is looking to roll out its own consumer drones.

This post was originally published on Mashable.

GoPros are already often used with drones to capture unique videos and perspectives. Naturally, GoPro is cutting the middle man and trying its hand at developing its own drones.

The company, known for its high-durability action cameras, is putting together a line of multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The price tag will be between $US500 and $US1000.

Due to drones’ current popularity, consumers have some pretty cheap options to play around with. DJI’s Phantom Drone, for example, retails at about $US579, and the even cheaper Parrot MiniDrones sell for as cheap as $US99...

Read More

Rupert Murdoch takes to the skies with a remotely-piloted ‘quadcopter’ drone

Rupert Murdoch takes to the skies with a remotely-piloted 'quadcopter' drone image www.spy-drones.com

Taking to he skies … Rupert Murdoch has flown his own “quadcopter” drone at Laguna Beach, California. Photo: AP

In the wake of News Corp’s foundation-shaking phone hacking trial, the thought of Rupert Murdoch at the helm of his own spy drone is enough to make his critics break out in a sweat.

But the 83-year-old media titan has taken to the sky like a pro, publishing a picture of his maiden flight on his personal social media account.

“Trying out my new drone,” the Melbourne-born executive chairman of News Corp boasted.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) chats with Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp and Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California image www.spy-drones.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) chats with Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp and Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. Photo: Reuters

Read More